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ALKALINE TRIO/HOT WATER MUSIC:
Split: CD
It’s an appropriate pairing in a yin yangy way. Alkaline Trio sound happy as shit, but the smiles are broken tooth lyrics sharpened to daggers, all dark undercurrent, all sugar-coated fuck you in the pop context. Hot Water Music sound pissed as all hell and as gruff as a kennel of kicked-in-the-head Dobermans, but their lyrics are overwhelmingly positive and hopeful. OK, these songs: Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba’s got it going on; breathless melody that’ll make ladies shed tops like they’re entering tanning salons instead of a rock show, the hummability that’ll place A3 on the loudspeaker as I pump gas, and I still can’t slag him. Skiba writes some fucking tight, snappy songs that look and smell like those little heart-shaped candies, but don’t easily dissolve from memory. They cover Hot Water Music’s “Rooftops,” and have provided two originals. HWM’s ability to soar and propel with post hardcore power, steering into brutal-tongued and burning acoustic-heavy songs takes me to places I never thought the band would go, but I’m stunned at how warm, meaningful, and heart-felt they still sound, even if they’re slower and more sparse arrangements. Great split. –todd (Jade Tree)


AESTHETICS, THE:
Off: CD
Imagine a lo-fi, less Arab-influenced Savage Republic or Flipper with a smidge more musical ability. –jimmy (Mental Telemetry)


4-SKINS:
The Secret Life of...: CD
A rarities collection with odds and ends and two new versions of old songs by a former singer’s new band. Aside from the fact that the radio sessions render deciphering what the hell’s being said possible, there’s really no point to this for anyone outside their more dedicated fans. –jimmy (Captain Oi!)


YOUR FUNERAL:
Self-titled: CD
This Vancouver band sounds to my hearing aid quite a bit like Bad Religion; same vocals, slightly more aggressive music. I’m glad it’s only five songs. –Cuss Baxter (N/A)


YOUNG AND THE USELESS, THE:
A Smile is No Good for Me: CD
The lyrics and vocals are kinda emo-ish. Insert a tear here. The music does tend to get tedious at times but breaks out at points when they start playing fast. But... Attention not there... Fighting urge to push stop button... Must listen to whole disc... I have failed... –don (Thorp)


YESTERDAY’S KIDS:
Can’t Hear Nothin’: CD
Yesterday’s Kids is an amazing pop band. Yes, that’s right. A pop band in the pages of Razorcake! Maybe you could say that there’s some sort of punk influence, and maybe there is a sorta Sweet Baby, Mr. T Experience thing going on at times. But these boys were raised on good, classic oldies. Beatles and Herman’s Hermits records, oh yeah! If you aren’t a total punk asshole, and if you love sixties pop, you will like this band! Unfortunately, I found some aspects of the recording a little annoying – too many instruments, too much stuff goin’ on. But the songs are still there. And it’s not just my Wisconsin pride speakin’. Yesterday’s Kids really should take over the world! And while you’re at it, pick up their CDEP on Panic Button, Everything Used to be Better. If this were a cereal, it’d be Frosted Flakes! A classic treat for you and yours! –Maddy (Panic Button)


YACOPSAE:
Einstweilige Vernichtung: CD
Gawd, this five inch aluminum disc contains the blasting power of an A-bomb! Faster than what would seem physically possible, they’re super tight as well. Unbelievable. The instruments sound rickety and dirty, perhaps it’s from how the band mercilessly throttles ‘em in every single song. But that’s good, as the power of their music is often found in the rawness and urgent approach. Not one song close to a minute long. Many not even thirty seconds. –Matt Average (Slap A Ham)


X:
At Home With You: CD
Nice piece of work here. This is the second (?) album from the Australian band with claims to this name and not the Los Angeles band. While just as primal as their first album, this has somehow got a more refined feel to it, almost like what Birthday Party would’ve been had they been more rockin’. –jimmy (Morphius)


WORM QUARTET:
Stupid Video Game Music: CD
Punkers with an extensive Dr. Demento collection are a very scary thing indeed. Song titles like “I Wanna Poop in Diane Sawyer’s Mailbox” and “Thermometer of Doom” say all that needs to be said. Highly recommended. –jimmy (www.wormquartet.com)


WOLF BRIGADE:
Progression/Regression: LP
Broken Bones-styled hardcore with all the metal trappings associated with that band intact, all on a nice looking picture disc. For what it is, it ain’t bad. –jimmy (Farewell)


WIPERS, THE:
Box Set: 3 x CD
The Wipers were (are?) an incredible band. They transcend all musical categorization. Punk, rock, psychedelia, country, etc. They mix up the music and create their own rich sound. Anyone who has heard this band will agree, the Wipers are a force to reckon with. Greg Sage is amazing on guitar, and it’s his style that really gives this band the edge, not to mention the impassioned vocals that tell tales of paranoia, loneliness, and alienation. This three CD set contains their first three LPs (Is This Real?, Youth of America, and Over the Edge, as well as outtakes, some unreleased, liner notes, and rejected cover art. Not to be missed. Seriously, once you hear this, the Wipers will be one of your favorite bands. No hype, just the truth. –Matt Average (Zeno)


WHORE DADDY-OHS:
Kill Your Stepdad: 7"
Goofball punk, sorta like the Skudz without the drive. “John Lennon Sucks (As a Roommate)” warranted a chuckle, although on the whole it wasn’t all that impressive. –jimmy (nigelsux@earthlink.net)


WATCH IT BURN/TILTWHEEL:
Twice the Dose: CD
Writing for Razorcake, I knew it was only a matter of time before Todd sent some Tiltwheel my way. Watch it Burn is all right, but these three Tiltwheel songs are makin’ me want more and more! Think Jawbreaker or the Dillinger Four. Lyrics like, “I’m finding solace in broken things like windshields, bottles, hopes and dreams,” with great mid-tempo punk rock. Plus, in Todd’s interview with Tiltwheel (available on the Razorcake web-page!) lead singer Davey says great things like, “OK. You go into a bar and you just want to get mangled. I do this. I always tell the bartender straight off, ‘Here’s the deal. I’m fucking depressed. I’m pissed off. Something’s going to break.’” Or “I like a lot of country music and I don’t really see a difference between country music, blues, and punk rock. I think punk rock is blues. It’s the natural progression from blues, from sitting on a porch, trouble on your mind and you’re a long ways away from home, that’s what blues is all about. To me, that’s punk rock. So, that’s country music, too.” My thoughts exactly! So, if you haven’t already heard Tiltwheel, maybe this isn’t the best place to start, but start somewhere! If this were a cereal, it’d be just one bite of Fruit Loops! I want more! –Maddy (Attention Deficit Disorder)


VIRUS, THE:
Nowhere to Hide: CD
Spiky-headed English-inspired hardcore, kinda like GBH with the singer from Voodoo Glow Skulls handling vocal duties. Not very original or anything, but in a world littered with suck-ass bands like Total Chaos and the Casualties, this is a welcome change of pace. –jimmy (Punkcore)


VINCENTS, THE/IGNITERS, THE:
Split: 7"
The Vincents do a hard rock, Stooges-influenced thing that didn’t strike me one way or the other. Maybe I’m just burned out on that stuff right now. The Igniters were an awful, slow, metal-influenced dirge of dookie! If this split were a cereal, it’d be Corn Flakes (okay cereal, nothing I ever buy these days) and All Bran (from a cereal scene I am definitely NOT into). –Maddy (Diaphragm)


VERY METAL:
Hit and Run: CD
Stop on the dime St. Louis outfit that plays music that is a mixture of Motorhead meets Discharge, leaning a little more in the metal spectrum. The name of the band should have given that point away. The lyrics are more on a personal view of what disturbs them. The production is tight, not overblown to make it sugar coated. It is balanced and the energy level is in the red. The sound is pummeling yet pleasing to these ears. Their angst is truly felt through the music. This is their second full length and is every bit as good as their first. Worthy of a notice. –don (Beer City)


VELVET TEEN, THE:
Immortality: 7"
Lured by the purty picture disk, I was punished by listening to something that, by comparison, made the Carpenters sound as heavy as Slayer or Enya as fast as Bad Brains. Even if I were a fourteen-year-old girl wearing nothing but a Slinky, I’d still think I could kick all these guys asses and bitch slap ‘em with their own arms, but they’d probably start playing and I’d fall asleep. Fuck you all, you triangle-tinkling Tylenol PM of a band. I’ve read children’s stories more threatening. –todd (Pandacide)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Ramones Forever: CD
An international compilation wherein bands from all over the map mangle Ramones songs. Most of the tracks blow sheep (unless techno versions of “I Wanna Be Sedated” and “Psychotherapy” are your cup of tea), and the remainder leave little doubt that Belgium should be wiped off the face of the earth. As far as “tributes” go, maybe they should’ve just walked up to the remaining Ramones and kick each of ‘em square in the balls. That would’ve been much less painful than having one’s name attached to this abomination. Oh, wait, Marky was involved in this. Guess he really, really needed the money. –jimmy (Radical)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Power of Ten: EP
A piece of the current Northwest hardcore scene is captured here. All bases covered from the more metallic side like Himsa, Left With Nothing, Contingent, to the more traditional sound of Spitting Teeth, and on to bands like Stay Gold, The Entropy Project, To See You Broken, The November Group, Screwjack, and Positively Negative, who are carving their own niches in hardcore. All in all, a pretty good comp. –Matt Average (1-2-3-4 Go!!!)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
No One Left to Blame: Twenty American Punk Unknowns ‘76-’82: LP
Yet another one of those Killed by Death-ish comps. This time around, the best stuff here is from (surprise!) my hometown of Milwaukee! The Prosecutors do a great, chaotic song not too far from the Replacements in sound! All right! There’s also Antler Joe and the Accidents with “Dogshit,” one of the more ridiculous songs I’ve heard lately. The rest of this album is pretty much take it or leave it, unless you’re a record collector. LOTS of bands that sound like either the Sex Pistols or the New York Dolls. LOTS of bands with fake British accents. If this were a cereal, it’d be one of those variety packs with lots of mediocre cereals from long ago that, sadly, the cereal execs were correct in discontinuing. Wow. Metaphor overload. –Maddy (Not listed)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Nearvana: CD
Oh, hey, look – it’s a Nirvana covers CD. Nirvana completists will probably want this. If you want mine, drive over to the front of my place and honk – I’ll come out and throw it at you (not TO you – AT you). Why? Because you wasted some high-priced gasoline to drive over here for nothing, except for a jewelcase-sized dent on the side of your vehicle. Shame on you for even considering it. –dale (Tinnitus)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Home on the Range Volume 1: CD
A Midwest comp with twelve more bands that ain’t worth the trouble it took to listen to ‘em. Apparently limited to 1,000, which is about the best thing I can say about this. –jimmy (Bingo Lady Record Collective)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Greeting: CD
Sampler from the Lobster Records roster. Represented here are Staring Back, Yellowcard, Mock Orange, Buck Wild, Park, Whippersnapper, Yellowcard, Joystick and Jargon. Kinda like the minor league team for Fat or Epitaph. Give it a chance and see if you like any of the bands if you are into melodicore. –don (Lobster)


SOUTH FILTHY:
Soul of a Man: 7”
I’m not quite sure what it is, but the last couple of years, when I feel completely depleted, I’ve been going to roots that I’ve never listened to before. Johnny Cash, Otis Redding, and, recently, Leadbelly. South Filthy take on a Blind Willie Johnson song, the title track, and I’m not going to lie to you. I know dick-all about Mr. Johnson, but I sure like South Filthy’s interpretation of his song. It’s slow blood pumping, weight of the world in your exhale, steadfast stuff that I can appreciate when I want something slow without being light and sleepy. The B-side, “Speed Traps, Weigh Stations & Detour Signs,” a Dave Dudley song off of the Truck Drivin' Son of a Gun LP and shows that the South Filthy can switch gears without losing any speed. It’s got a nice “when the CB was king,” convoy feel. Not terribly far off the original, but it retains a faithful, beaten leather feel its own. Nice change of pace.  –todd (Wrecked ‘Em)


SOLGER:
Codex 1980: CD
The only document you’re likely to hear of Seattle’s first true hardcore band, who existed for a mere six months in 1980, played six shows, recorded an ultra-rare, ultra-lo-fi 7-inch masterpiece, summarily threw in the towel, and guitarist Paul went on to join the Fartz. Thanks to record collector interest in the aforementioned 7-inch, Empty has released this retrospective. Collected here are remixes of the tracks from the EP, six live cuts, and original mixes – straight from the vinyl – in all their miserable sounding glory to appease purists. A must-have for any northwest music historians, not to mention those who like their music loud, raw and totally fucked up.  –jimmy (Empty)


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